Written Answers. - General Affairs Council.

Bernard Allen

Question:

75 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the dates of each EU General Affairs Council meeting since he took office; and if he will give details of his and his Minister of State's attendance at each of these meetings. [22059/98]

Since I was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs on 8 October 1997, the General Affairs Council has met 15 times, including two special sessions held in Geneva and devoted to trade matters, and which were attended by the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Deputy Tom Kitt. I attended eight of the remaining 13 meetings of the Council. The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Liz ODonnell, attended meetings of the Council on 24-25 November 1997.

I am arranging to provide the Deputy with a list setting out the dates of the General Affairs Councils held since the date on which I took up office and details of attendance at these. This list details my own attendance, attendance by representatives on my behalf and my other commitments which made that necessary.

Meetings of General Affairs Councils since 8 October 1997

10 November 1997

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

24-25 November 1997

Minister of State, Ms. Liz ODonnell, T.D. (On day prior to this meeting Minister for Foreign Affairs completed a week long series of Anglo-Irish Meetings in both Belfast and London followed by European Employment Summit in Luxembourg)

8 December 1997

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

11-12 December 1997 (Geneva)

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mr. Tom Kitt, T.D.

26 January 1998

Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, Ambassador Denis O'Leary (Minister for Foreign Affairs attended Anglo-Irish Strand II Talks, London)

23 February 1998

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

30-31 March 1998

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr. Frank Fahey T.D., and Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mr. Tom Kitt, T.D. (On both dates Minister for Foreign Affairs attended Anglo-Irish Talks, Belfast)

27 April 1998

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

18 May 1998 (Geneva)

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mr. Tom Kitt, T.D.

25 May 1998

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

8-9 June 1998

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Mr. Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D. (Minister for Foreign Affairs concluded a visit to Palermo for the Euro-Med Foreign Ministers meeting and visit to South Africa to meet President Mandela)

29 June 1998

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

13 July 1998

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.

5-6 October 1998

Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Mr. Martin Cullen T.D. (Minister for Foreign Affairs accompanied President McAleese on State visit to Canada)

26 October 1998

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, T.D.